USC business journalism initiative expands
The University of South Carolina will expand its emerging
specialty in business and financial journalism as a result of a national
program that sends visiting professors to universities around the
country to teach business journalism.
Funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, the program will bring
a visiting business journalism professor to teach business journalism
at USC’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications in the
“This is an exciting opportunity for us to enhance our teaching
in this critical area of journalism that we have undertaken through
the Ken Baldwin Business Journalism Endowment,” said Dr. Carol
Pardun, director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications.
USC’s visiting professor is expected to teach an undergraduate
course on business journalism and a graduate course on business foundations
for future media managers and help develop the business journalism
initiative, Pardun said.
Currently, the school has two endowments to enhance teaching of
business journalism. In March 2009, USC alumnus Kenneth W. Baldwin
Jr. gave $500,000 to the school to establish the Baldwin Business
and Financial Journalism Fund to support teaching, research and other
Last year, the Society of American Business Editors and Writers
(SABEW) established the David J. Morrow Scholarship to honor the
memory of David Morrow, a highly respected business journalist, teacher
and a USC journalism graduate. SABEW’s board of directors channeled
$90,000 in memorial gifts to USC in Morrow’s honor.
Pardun said interest in business journalism among students appears
to be increasing. A business journalism course taught last May attracted
undergraduate business students, an indication of interest and the
potential for partnership with the Darla Moore School of Business,
Pardun said. Kevin Noblet, the SABEW president, was a participant
in the special topics “Maymester” course, along with
board member Beth Hunt.
“Living through the current recession gives us a good ‘life
lesson’ on the importance of financial literacy and an informed
citizenry,” Pardun said. “There is a business side to
just about every part of the news. The idea of business journalism
is a commitment to this understanding.”
The program, called the Reynolds Visiting Business Journalism Professor
Program, is a five-year initiative and is administered through Arizona
State University. In addition to USC, Colorado State University,
Grambling State University and Texas Christian University were among
the first colleges selected.
About the Reynolds Center
Since 2003, more than 10,000 journalists have learned to cover business
better through free training from the Donald W. Reynolds National
Center for Business Journalism. The center is at the Walter Cronkite
School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University’s
Phoenix campus. It is funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation,
a national philanthropic organization founded in 1954 by the late
media entrepreneur for whom it is named. Headquartered in Las Vegas,
it is one of the largest private foundations in the United States.